Prerequisites: RCC*; Copyright, Patent & Trademark (LAW 658) (recommended but not required). This course explores the U.S. patent system, including the regulatory framework that governs the procurement and maintenance of patents. The course will also consider various aspects of the burgeoning practice of patent law before federal courts and administrative agencies, such as enforcing patents and seeking available remedies from infringers. The course will also cover some of the distinctions that exist among patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets protection. There are no upper level prerequisites for this course and a technical undergraduate degree is not required.